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Canada ships back trash on May 30 — Palace

THE trash Canada dumped on the Philippines years ago will finally be shipped back on Thursday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. Guevarra, who is officer-in-charge while President Rodrigo Duterte is…READ The post Canada ships back trash on May 30 — Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

Duterte back at Palace for Cabinet meeting

President Duterte has ended his week-long absence from the public eye, visiting the wake of the late former House speaker Prospero Nograles last Sunday and presiding over a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

Duterte back; Palace hails China visit

President Duterte returned to the Philippines Saturday night after attending the second Belt and Road Forum, a visit that Malacañang said strengthened ties between Manila and Beijing despite their dispute over the West Philippine Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019
Category: newsSource:  manila_shimbunRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Despite migraine, back pains, President back at work

President Duterte is now feeling better after suffering from migraine and back pains a few days ago, a Palace official said on Sunday. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said the President has already undergone a check-up by h.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 28th, 2016

De Lima hits back: Duterte 'abuses, misuses' power

De Lima hits back: Duterte 'abuses, misuses' power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 18th, 2016

Nation: Palace: Martial law threat a 'rhetorical question'

MALACANANG on Wednesday tried to allay fears of a return to dictatorship as it insisted that President Rodrigo R. Duterte respected the separation of powers in government, even after he launched a tirade against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 10th, 2016

Chamber of Mines says gov’t gets more from mining profits

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) hits back, after President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country could survive without a mining industry. DENR Secretary Regina Lopez shows photos from the department’s audit of mining operations in Mi.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2016

Duterte ready for ‘marathon’ talks with reds

But Rody hits back at Joma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2016

Veering off script

A Palace official told the media Sunday that President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on Monday would be brief and heart-rending at the same time. It would be so touching, promised the spokesman, that people would fight back tea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 25th, 2016

Former FIFA head Blatter: Sarkozy meeting key to Qatar vote

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States lost the 2022 World Cup vote to Qatar. Blatter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has insisted for years that the result of the 2010 vote was swayed by a meeting in Paris two weeks earlier involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Platini and Qatar's future Emir. Blatter spoke hours after Platini, the former France midfielder who was the UEFA president at the time of the vote, was detained in Paris on Tuesday by French authorities who also questioned two former Sarkozy aides. "It's all detailed — what I always said," Blatter told the AP in a telephone interview from Zurich, citing the twobooks he has published since being banned by FIFA. Qatar beat the long-favored U.S. 14-8 in a final round of voting by a since-discredited FIFA executive committee. Most of the voters have since been banned by FIFA — including Blatter and Platini — indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, or implicated elsewhere in financial wrongdoing. Two weeks ahead of the vote in Zurich, Platini had been hosted by Sarkozy at the French presidential residence, and met senior Qatari officials including then-crown prince Sheikh Tamim. According to Blatter, that Élysée Palace lunch changed the course of FIFA's plan to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to the U.S. on the same day. "Platini phoned me and said, 'Listen, president, our gentlemen's agreement which we have made inside the FIFA executive committee will have difficulties to work,'" Blatter said Tuesday. In Blatter's version, Platini — who in 2015 acknowledged switching sides — and three other voters from European soccer body UEFA changed their planned American support. "It was four votes which have disappeared," he said. "If you change the four votes then the winner will be the USA." Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later. "Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good," he told the AP in 2015. But, in the same interview, he also said that he "might have told" American officials earlier that he was going to vote for the United States' bid. On Tuesday, Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for." The 83-year-old Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban by the FIFA ethics committee, was interviewed as a potential witness by French investigators in Zurich in April 2017. On a day of intrigue for Blatter, the attorney general for Switzerland was recused from overseeing a sweeping criminal investigation of FIFA officials. The Swiss, French and American cases have shared information and evidence over the past five years, since the Blatter-led FIFA filed a complaint in 2014 about suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Now, Switzerland's federal criminal court removed attorney general Michael Lauber from his department's case because of undeclared meetings with current FIFA president Gianni Infantino. The federal court says it upheld requests by two claimants it did not identify. "Now I get part of my trust and confidence in the Swiss justice back," said Blatter, who has been a criminal suspect since September 2015 but never charged. He denies wrongdoing in a case which ended his 18-year FIFA presidency, and asked Tuesday: "Why the hell is not all over yet?" Criminal proceedings against Blatter are among at least 25 opened by Lauber's federal prosecution team in the wider soccer probe. Lauber's job has been at risk since two 2016 meetings with Infantino were revealed last November in the Football Leaks series publishing confidential emails and documents from the soccer industry. A disciplinary case was opened against Lauber last month when an undeclared third meeting with Infantino in Bern in June 2017 was revealed. "This is an old story," Blatter said of the investigations against him, adding he is recovering from knee replacement surgery four weeks ago. "I do hope that the Lord will give me enough time to live and to have a look at the end of this story.".....»»

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Ice Seguerra calls out Cardema s Congress bid

MANILA, Philippines – From one former National Youth Commission chairperson to another, Ice Seguerra clapped back at Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema  as he criticized the latter's use of his government position to campaign for the youth group in the 2019 elections. In a Facebook post on Monday, June 17, Seguerra ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Palace: Duterte just waiting for facts on Recto Bank collision

Explaining the silence of President Rodrigo Duterte on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank, Malacañang said the president is still waiting for the final results of the investigation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

DFA chief hits UN over human rights

The Philippines’ top diplomat hit back at the United Nations, saying it should not threaten states with accountability for taking a tough approach to dealing with crime......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Palace Working on Teachers’ Pay Hike

President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to public school teachers to wait a bit longer for an increase in their salaries, noting that it is harder to source funds for them given the number of educators in the country. During the oath-taking of newly-elected officials of Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday night, Duterte explained that he […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Duterte silent? Just cautious – Palace

Malacañang defended yesterday President Duterte’s silence on the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel on Sunday in Recto Bank, saying he was just being “cautious.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

PH could cut ties with China – Palace

Duterte ‘outraged’ over sinking of Filipino vessel The Philippines would not hesitate to sever diplomatic ties with China if the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in disputed waters earlier…READ The post PH could cut ties with China – Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Even being injured, Durant leads free-agent pack

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — This was already going to be a summer filled with fireworks in the NBA. Nothing has changed. Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury, the severity of which isn’t yet confirmed, means he probably won’t be able to play much — if any — next season. But this is a testament to how much he overshadows much of the NBA landscape: Durant will still likely dictate how the free-agency dominoes fall this summer. Durant could exercise his $31.5 million player option and stay with the Warriors, and that’s likely going to be his worst-case financial scenario. He could opt out and sign a longer deal to stay in the Bay. Or he could opt out, sign elsewhere and start collecting massive checks from either the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets or Los Angeles Clippers or someone else. Kyrie Irving’s decision could hinge on what Durant does. Kawhi Leonard’s decision could be affected by what Durant does. How the Knicks, Nets, Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and all the other teams who have cap space will start spending their money on June 30 ... it all will be determined, at least on some level, by what Durant does. If he stays in Golden State, that’s more money for everyone else. If he hits the open market, it’ll be about what team wants to gamble. Here’s a tip to those teams that wanted Durant before he got hurt again in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. If the opportunity presents itself, sign him. Free agency usually isn’t about just one year. It’s about the long haul. Durant is only 30-years-old. He’s not a high-flyer who plays above the rim all the time. He’s not a plodding big man. He’s not someone with a lot of gray in the goatee. He’s a world-class scorer and jump-shooter in his prime. A year from now, if the recovery from the Achilles injury indeed takes that long, he’ll be far from over the hill. “This is a devastating injury for a basketball player, but Durant can return to be the same or very close,” Dr. David Chao, a longtime NFL team physician, practicing orthopedic surgeon and now a sports medical analyst with a large following wrote Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “This does not mark his downfall as an elite player.” In the short term, it just means Durant’s NBA Finals are over. Game 6 is Thursday night (Friday, PHL time), and the Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-2 in the title series. In the long term, it might mean so much more — including the possibility that his time playing for Golden State is over. Achilles recoveries for basketball players have typically taken about a full year. Even if it turns out to be a partial tear, it’s still a tear. Some team was going to pay Durant a lot of money in 2019-20 and some team still will, probably without the immediate on-court services of perhaps the best player in the world in return. The first decision is the medical course of action. The financial course of action will be decided soon after. All will not be lost next season for the team that has Durant on its roster. That team will apply for, and get, a disabled player exception that will allow them to sign someone else for probably about $9 million and not have that count toward the team’s cap. That player won’t be of Durant’s caliber, because so few players are. But a year or so later, the team would have Durant. There’s risk with any signing. And signing any player that will command so much of a team’s salary cap while facing a grueling rehab would seem particularly risky. “He’s going to come back stronger though,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “That’s the kind of fighter he is.” The Nets swung a trade earlier this month to clear enough cap space for two max contracts this summer — and there’s no doubt that they would love Durant to take one of those spots, possibly alongside Irving. The Knicks have been mentioned as a hopeful in the Durant sweepstakes for months. The Clippers were expected to make a pitch for him as well. The Warriors surely want to keep him. The chatter about Durant’s injury indicates it’s all a mystery now, although it really shouldn’t be. Players have made comebacks off Achilles surgery, with relative levels of success. DeMarcus Cousins, Kobe Bryant, and Rudy Gay all came back; Cousins hasn’t regained past form yet. Dominique Wilkins had an Achilles tear happen to him at the peak of his career and he arguably was good as ever afterward. Elton Brand, now leading the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office, had it as a player and said he was never the same. Christian Laettner went from a star to a role player when his Achilles ripped. “I’ve been there,” 15-time golf major winner Tiger Woods said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at the U.S. Open. “I’ve had it to my own Achilles. I’ve had it to my own back. I know what it feels like. It’s an awful feeling. And no one can help you. That’s the hard part.” Woods fought his way back toward the top of his sport, and is the reigning Masters champion. Durant isn’t going to let an Achilles injury end his reign as one of the game’s best. Teams would be foolish to think otherwise. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

Duterte eyes ‘revamp’ at NAIA– Palace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has hinted at a possible revamp at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), as he expressed his preference for the airport security to be handled by the…READ The post Duterte eyes ‘revamp’ at NAIA– Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Palestinian minister hits back at Israeli annexation talk

WARSAW, Poland – The Palestinian foreign minister on Monday, June 10, called for sanctions on Israel if it starts to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. But Riyad al-Maliki also questioned whether Israel was a "holy cow" no one dare touch. He was talking to reporters in Poland after a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019